Information for Students

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MindWell – Wellbeing Information for Students in Leeds

  • MindWell have created a new  section of their website dedicated to students in Leeds which has gone live this week:- 
  • Worked together with University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Conservatoire to update their page to reflect the current situation for students.
  • Self-care information and mental wellbeing support for students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as crisis contacts.
  • This is in addition to MindWell’s Coronavirus Mental Health Information Hub which is available to anyone:-  

Leeds University Union Wellbeing Updates, Events & Resources

“As we prepare for another national lockdown it’s so important that students to feel supported, connected and valued. We here at LUU are continuing our online activities, with our face to face events having to be put on hold for now, to meet the needs of students. The full list of events taking place are on the What’s on guide

We are still running a food parcel service to provide emergency food parcels to students in private accommodation who are self-isolating. This can be accessed by contacting the Help & Support team via telephone on 0113 3801 400 or via our email. Students can also use the self-referral form on our website to request a food parcel and any additional support they may need whilst in isolation.

This week I would like to spotlight the organisation ‘It’s Our Day’ who are offering support packages with free food, toiletries, hot sandwiches and soup to students for free. This will run every Saturday, starting this Saturday, from 1pm at the Cardigan Community Centre. You can find out more about ‘It’s Our Day’ and the work they do here

I’d also like to highlight that from tomorrow, 5th November, until at least 2nd December LUU will be changing the opening times to 8am-8pm on weekdays, 10am-6pm on Saturdays and 12pm-6pm on Sundays. The Help and Support Team are still working in LUU 9am-6pm on weekdays and 12pm-6pm on weekends.

The NHS Five Ways to Wellbeing:

1.     Connect to others

–     Join the Facebook community group

–     University tips on how to connect during lockdown

–     Leeds Bereavement Network might be a useful resource for those dealing with loss

–     The Suicide Prevention Network aims to support those at risk of suicide   

–     Coping with Coronavirus features lots of self-help guides on topics such as anxiety, bereavement and setting your kind goals for yourself

–     Student Space is a fantastic platform for numerous wellbeing resources

–     Leeds Mind have launched a peer support group for young black men in Leeds

2.     Stay active

–        The Edge are posting new home workout blogs and videos every week

–        Find lots of free exercise routines on the NHS website

–        Sport England have some great advice, tips and guidance on staying active in and around the ­house

–        Get in touch with our wonderful meditation teacher James if you’d like to take part in his meditation classes online

–        Also, our brilliant Qigong teacher Xiao will be running online classes so feel free to get in touch directly to sign up

3.     Learn something new

–      Try the Thriving During Isolation quiz to get an idea of how best you can ensure your wellbeing during lockdown

–      Interested in learning some coaching skills? Try the 10 Days to Happiness course by Action for Happiness

–      Sign up to the Creative Quarantine newsletter for some daily inspiration

–      British Sign have a pay-as-you-feel course designed to teach British Sign Language

–      Learn how to grow your own vegetables or just learning more about your garden

4.     Give to others

–     You may want to check out the different volunteering opportunities with the NHS

–     Woodhouse Mutual Aid are collecting food for Rainbow Junktion. Find updates and collection points via their Twitter

–     Leeds City Council and Volunteer Action Leeds have launched a project to volunteer with them

–     Help design positive artwork for the opening of Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service in November

–     Contact We Care Leeds to find out more about how you might be able to help locally

–     Alex Sobel is compiling a database of volunteers to help the community in Leeds North West

5.     Helpful Mindfulness resources

–     Headspace

–     CALM app

–     Mind

–     Wellbeing and Mental Health during Covid-19 booklet

Black Lives Matter and Anti-racism resources:

·       LUU Exec officer’s list of BLM resources

·       Official Black Lives Matter Network

·       Touchstone

·       The Racial Justice Network

·       The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN)

·       Rachel Rickett’s Anti-racism Resources

Useful links:

·       LUU Advice team

·       Advice FAQs and online knowledge bank

·       University FAQs

·       University counselling service

·       Government guidelines